V-F-X Ljubljana

7 – 9 July 2021
Slovenian Cinematheque, Miklošičeva 28, Ljubljana

The V-F-X Ljubljana Festival is opening a space for experimental audiovisual practices. The idea of creating a new festival platform arose out of the need for such break-through AV creativity to begin to be appreciated in a way characteristic of environments that are more favourably disposed to experiment. We are not building from nothing, but will lean on the shoulders of our numerous exceptional filmmakers, video artists and artists that create in moving images and are committed to experiment. We will present the existing platforms, festivals and programmes devoted to experiment. We will look both forward and backward and will not look for winners. We will look for curators, programmes, films, videos, installations and performances that transcend the borders of the established and the classical and search for new possibilities of expression and ways of using the medium.

At the first edition, we will present the experiences and practices from abroad. We have invited sixpackfilm, an Austrian distribution house for experimental films and videos, which is considered one of the largest and most distinct national experimental distributors. They will present the curated programme Body Games. We have invited Greg de Cuir Jr., an independent curator, writer and translator and the programme director of the Alternative Film/Video Festival in Belgrade. He will curate the deskt0p_cinema programme through a live performance. Anže Peršin, a Slovenian producer of experimental AV works (artists’ moving images), who works in Portugal, will present films produced by his Stenar Projects. With a programme of her short works, the festival will introduce the autumn retrospective of the exceptional Ema Kugler, the most recognisable Slovenian explorer of cinematic expression. With a curated programme, we will present the DIVA Station archive, which encompasses works made by Slovenian artists in the last forty years. The festival will open with Luka Prinčič’s hybrid AV performance trans.fail. And at the round table our guests will present and discuss the circumstances in which experimental film and video works are cultivated, made and presented.

Join us in experimenting!


Wednesday, 7 July
19.00 — Luka Prinčič: trans.fail*, Slovenia
21.00 — sixpackfilm Presents: Body Games, Austria

Thursday, 8 July
16.00 — Round Table: Space and Time to Experiment* (In English)
19.00 — Curated Programme Stenar Projects: A Support Structure Through Its Catalogue, Portugal
21.00 — Selection from the DIVA Station Archive: An Escape into Experiment, Slovenia

Friday, 9 July
19.00 — deskt0p_cinema* (Greg de Cuir Jr.), USA
21.00 — Retrospective: Ema Kugler, Slovenia

>> Detailed Programme

The ticket price for each screening is € 4, according to the price list of the Slovenian Cinematheque.
The box office opens daily one hour before the first screening.
* Free tickets

Covid-19 prevention measures
Conditions for visitors:
– PCT (recovered, vaccinated, freshly tested (48h); responsibility and duty exclusively on the part of the visitor)
– disinfection of hands when entering and leaving the hall
– masks are no longer mandatory

The Slovenian Cinematheque will take care of the regular disinfection of the hall and toilets, and after each screening the hall will be thoroughly ventilated.

Leaflet (pdf)

Photo: SCCA-Ljubljana and Slovenian Cinematheque archive


Festival Programme Team: Peter Cerovšek, Vesna Bukovec, Varja Močnik, Igor Prassel
Visual Identity: Vesna Bukovec
Proofreading: Mojca Hudolin
English Translation: Maja Lovrenov
Production: SCCA-Ljubljana / DIVA Station and Slovenian Cinematheque
Support: City of Ljubljana – Department of Culture, Ministry of Public Administration, Austrian Cultural Forum Ljubljana, Slamič